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Pacific Islands New Zealanders Target Of A Scam

Published: Thu 14 Oct 1999 01:35 PM
Pacific Islands people are being warned to disregard promoters of a Maori citizenship scheme.
Labour Pacific Islands spokesman Taito Phillip Field has warned the Pacific Islander community not to be misled by people offering to sell passports claimed to provide claim to Maori citizenship of New Zealand.
Mr Field says Confederation of the United Tribes of Aotearoa representatives have been visiting Pacific Island churches in Auckland offering them a passport for about $1000.
He syas around 100 people have bought into the scheme.
Pacific Islands people who wish to secure their future in New Zealand are most vulnerable to the scam. The passports on offer have no legal foundation and will prove useless should a holder wish to enter into another country and return to New Zealand shores.
Mr Field says he's happy to assist if people wish to know more about New Zealand's immigration laws.
Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland
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